Nominations Open for 2023 Golden Apple Awards to Recognize Outstanding Local Public, Private School Teachers

Once again, residents of Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville are being asked to help select local teachers for the Golden Apple Award next spring. From now until Monday, January 23, members of the community can nominate educators who demonstrate excellence and innovation in the classroom for the award, which includes a $500 classroom grant.

The program, which began in 2001, honors outstanding teachers in public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City. Sponsored by Better Living Building Supply & Cabinetry, the program recognizes educators from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade for their influence on the success of students.

Teachers are selected for a Golden Apple based on their demonstrated excellence in the classroom, their innovative instructional strategies and techniques, and their partnership with parents and other community members. Nominations can be made by students, parents, other members of the community, and educators. Online nomination forms are available on the Albemarle County Public Schools Golden Apple Awards web page.

One teacher will be selected from each of the 54 public and private schools and teaching programs in the city and county. Among the programs included, for instance, is the University of Virginia’s Hospital Education Program and the county school division’s Post High Program.

“Our community is fortunate to be the home of so many excellent teachers, and our children and families are all the better because of their service,” said Richard Nunley, a retired president and the current chairman of the board of Better Living Building Supply & Cabinetry.

Nunley began the Golden Apple Program in partnership with local schools as a way to recognize the contributions of teachers not only to their students, but also to the business community. Nomination criteria include creating a love of learning among all students, stimulating thought and dialogue in the classroom, raising student expectations for success, understanding and providing for individual student needs, and involving families in the education process.

Each year, Golden Apple recipients are chosen by the Golden Apple Selection Committee. This committee includes former local educators and administrators from county, city and private schools. This year’s committee also includes representatives from Uniserv and the African American Teaching Fellows.

Community members can visit to access the online nomination form as well as a printable form (in English and Spanish). The deadline for nominations is Monday, January 23, 2023. Nominations can be submitted online or through a printed form mailed to:

Golden Apple Coordinator
Albemarle County Office Building
401 McIntire Road, 3rd Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22902

The ceremony recognizing our 2023 Golden Apple Award recipients will be held at Charlottesville City Schools’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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